Tanzanian District to Launch First Ever Poultry Abattoir in 201402 October 2013
TANZANIA - Iramba District Commissioner Yahya Nawanda has said that the district will launch its poultry abattoir early next year in a strategy to enable chicken farmers to produce better.
According to IPPMedia.com, the construction of the first ever poultry abattoir in the country is aimed at transforming the indigenous poultry sector from a conventional subsistence one into a commercial business sector by producing tasty breeds of traditional chickens.
Speaking at the weekend in an interview from Iramba District Nawanda said upon completion, the new poultry abattoir will benefit 45,000 families.
The DC said the abattoir which will be located at Misigiri poultry market will assist chicken farmers in the district especially the poverty stricken ones improve their standards of living.
"Our target is to see each family having about 50 eggs every day which when calculating on 300/- per egg, each family will earn about 15,000/- per day and 450,000/- per month... this is just on egg business only, not on selling chickens for meat," he said.
He noted that 70 groups have been formed from 45,000 families who established a Saccos, to which each one must contribute about 50,000/- , and about 300 were registered at the first meeting.
"We hope to receive all the households in the district," he said.
He said currently they are in talks with Tanzania Laboratory Veternary Agency (TLVA) to get about 400,000 doses for chickens, to combat diseases.
"We have no problem on the issue of marketing, apart from the huge Dar es Salaam market, we also have vast market opportunities in gold mines in Shinyanga and Mwanza, while in Arusha, Dodoma and Manyara there is a huge demand for indigenous chicken meat," he said.
He spelled out lack of refrigerated vehicle suitable for transporting chicken orders to the market as one of the challenges.
"We have a team that will be used to buy all the chickens from the farmers therefore there is a need for a refrigerator vehicle," he said. He pointed that chicken farmers in the district will be trained on different issues, ranging from chicken selection, eggs management, marketing, and diseases controls so as to produce better, marketable chickens.
"The district authority is fighting to make sure that chicken farming in my district is managed well so as to remain an important gear in scaling down poverty levels amongst the underprivileged people in Iramba.ThePoultrySite News Desk